Accessibility and facilities
Te whai wāhi me ngā rauhanga

It’s easy to access what you need at Te Papa. During your visit, ask our friendly Hosts for help at any time.


Be Welcome Gold: This organisation has achieved excellent levels of accessibility in a number of area

Coat and bag check

At Te Papa, we charge a flat fee of $1 for our coat and bag storage service.

You can store almost anything you like with us including:

  • Bags
  • Coats, hats, and umbrellas
  • Food and drink items
  • Skateboards.

Unfortunately, we can’t store pushchairs and prams, scooters, or bikes.

But we do provide a free storage area outside Te Papa for scooters and bikes, and we offer a lock for your scooter for purchase at a cost of $5.

Free wifi

For free internet access throughout the museum, sign in to ‘Te Papa Free WiFi’ using your device.

Wifi hotspots with seating

  • Level 1: Near our main entrance and at Te Papa Cafe
  • Level 2: Near our Information Desk and outside Soundings Theatre
  • Level 4: At Espresso, Treaty of Waitangi: Signs of a nation, and our Inspiration Station Discovery Centre

Parents' rooms

Where: Te Papa Cafe by the children’s play area, Level 1, and beside StoryPlace, Level 2

Our parents’ rooms have nappy-changing facilities, breast-feeding chairs, and sinks. You can also find nappy-changing facilities in the women’s toilets by Te Marae, Level 4.

Lost property

Looking for lost and found? Either head to our Information Desk on Level 2 or phone us on +64 (0)4 381 7000.

Mobility and sight impaired


Disability tour in Te Marae, 2008. Photograph by Kate Whitley. Te Papa

For visitors with mobility impairments

Visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and other mobility vehicles can easily access most of Te Papa. Accessible areas include: 

  • all our exhibitions
  • our cafes and stores
  • most toilets.

You’ll find seats in most exhibitions and along walkways throughout the museum.

The Te Aka Matua Reading Room lift needs to be operated by a staff member. Please let us know if you'll need lift access when booking an appointment at the library.

Hiring wheelchairs and mobility scooters

To hire a free wheelchair or mobility scooter to use at Te Papa:

  • book ahead by phoning us weekdays 8am-5pm on +64 (0)4 381 7000, or enquire at Coat and Bag Check-In by our main entrance (availability is not guaranteed). 

We have:

  • six wheelchairs (two are not self-propelled)
  • one mobility scooter.

For security, we require a driver’s licence or credit card when hiring the mobility scooter.

Need a scooter beyond the museum?

To enquire about City-Mobility, a Wellington City Council and TSB Bank project, contact Wellington City Council.

Mobility parking

Park close to our ground-floor entrance at one of five accessible car spaces:

  • two uncovered
  • three covered.

Parking cannot be reserved in advance.

Parking at Te Papa

For visitors with hearing impairments

Most videos at Te Papa have captions.

For visitors with vision impairments

We offer a guided tour designed for visitors with visual impairments, focusing on touch and sound.

Private guided tours

Assistance dogs

Certified assistance dogs have the right to access Te Papa when assisting a person with a disability. Please ensure the dog wears the appropriate coat and carries a valid ID card.

Accessible guided tours

We can adapt all our private guided tours to suit special needs, and we have a popular private tour for visitors with visual impairments. You can also contact us to arrange an adapted education programme.

Private guided tours
Education programmes

Group visits

If you plan to visit Te Papa with a large group of visitors with disabilities, please book ahead for the Golden Days exhibition (adults) and StoryPlace sessions (children).

Book ahead for Golden Days by phoning us weekdays 8am–5pm on +64 (0)4 381 7000.

Book ahead for StoryPlace online

Discovery Centres

Te Papa’s four Discovery Centres are full of interactive games, computers, and books, and can accommodate large groups of accompanied children with special needs. Discovery Centres cannot be booked.

Discovery Centres


In the case of an evacuation, our trained staff will follow procedures to assist visitors with impairments or special needs.

Contact us

For any further questions regarding your visit to Te Papa send us an email or call us on +64 (04) 381 7000.